Maine’s North Woods represent the largest remaining undeveloped block of forestland east of the Mississippi. Consisting of 10.4 million acres, the North Woods stretches over more than half of the state. This area is home to a vast array of natural resources, diverse wildlife and several outdoor recreational opportunities.
The Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) is the statewide authority for land use planning, zoning and permitting of the 10.4 million acres of unorganized territory (UT). LURC was created in 1971 by the Maine State Legislature as a means to protect our natural and ecological values, encourage well-thought-out use of the North Woods’ natural resources and to promote appropriate development.